Minister blasts Rooskey attack as ‘act of hatred’

The Justice Minister has described the second attack on a Rooskey hotel as ‘an act of hatred on the most vulnerable in society’.

Charlie Flanagan has also claimed the arsonists showed a reckless disregard for human life.

Superintendent Kevin English has revealed of last night’s attack on the Shannon Key West Hotel, which is due to open as an centre for asylum-seekers shortly.


The first fire occurred only five weeks ago and Superintendent English confirms it’s viewed as an arson attack.

Local people have continued to express their outrage at last night’s attack, with the fire brought under control by emergency services.

A forensic examination has taken place today.

Imelda McHugh lives only yards from the hotel.

Local TD Eugene Murphy also fears a loss of life if this trend of attacks continues.

Forensic investigators carried out an examination of the scene today and the road has now reopened.